Self-assembled monolayer of a non-Pt oxygen electroreduction catalyst on metal oxide supports

D. F. Gervasio, Jeffery Thomson

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A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of metallo porphyrins is intended as a replacement to platinum, in the hope of overcoming the slow oxygen reduction kinetics on Pt that limits fuel-cell efficiency to < 70% [1] and Pt- fouling by impurities. Metallo porphyrins can remedy the problems with Pt in oxygen cathodes [2] but these do not bind on electrode surfaces. A first step to stable catalyst to form a SAM of macrocycle on a current-collecting surface. A cobalt(II) porphyrin, Co1, was formed into a SAM on conductive indium tin oxide (ITO). Co1is attracted to ITO by a covalently attached phosphonate group[3]. Substantial oxygen electro reduction current was found with a SAM of Co1 on ITO compared to bare ITO in 0.01 M aqueous trifluoromethane sulfonic acid (TFMSA) with 1 atm oxygen over solution. The catalytic oxygen reduction current onset at 0.65 V and rose to a limiting current density of about 0.4 milliamp cm-2 at 0.1 V versus RHE. Oxygen reduction on Pt and the Co1 SAM on ITO in aqueous triflic acid in the presence and absence of methanol will be presented to illustrate that the Co1 on ITO is less susceptible to fouling than Pt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAbstracts of Papers - 232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 14 2006

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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